Independent Schools Victoria welcomes state government support
Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) today welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement of support to upgrade and build new non-government schools.
‘We are pleased the government has listened to our representations regarding the needs of
Independent schools, particularly in new and expanding suburban growth areas,’ ISV Chief
Executive Michelle Green said.
‘Funding provided under the government’s previous capital works program greatly assisted
Independent schools to meet student demand in growth areas, as well as supporting existing
schools to upgrade their facilities.
‘We know that Melbourne is experiencing rapid population growth, and there is increasing
demand by parents for Independent education in these growing communities.
‘The previous capital funding provided by the government has helped meet this demand,
helping parents to choose a school that best meets the needs of their child.
‘Today’s announcement should help ensure this can continue and we look forward to working
with the government on the detail of the funding guidelines to ensure support is fairly allocated,
based on student need.’
Ms Green also welcomed the announcement that the government would amend planning
guidelines to help fast-track approvals for non-government schools and for school upgrades.
Unlike government schools, Independent schools require council planning approval to build
new schools and facilities.
This can involve councils requiring that the new school provide all the necessary infrastructure
and utilities, including water and sewerage, and access roads.
Some schools have been denied council approval to build new schools on planning grounds.
‘Again, we look forward to working with the government on implementing the changes to
planning guidelines’, Ms Green said.
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